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 We have lots going on in all our libraries for everyone, from weekly rhymetime sessions for babies to author events and special promotions.  Download What's On in Poole Libraries April-June 2017 for a great range of events.

Check our Twitter feed for further information on what's going on.

Click these links to find out about our regular events for adults and for children.


Special Events

For all our special events, you can book your free place by phoning 01202 262449 or email libraries@poole.gov.uk.

Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.


Half term fun for kids

Saturday 27 May - Saturday 3 June, all libraries

Stories, crafts, pets and teddies, join us for fun and inspiration during half term week. Download our What's On brochure from the top of this page or ask in your local library for more information.


Volunteers Week

Thursday 1 to Wednesday 7 June

Come and find out about all the different volunteering opportunities in Poole Libraries. 

Culture Volunteers:

Friday 2 June, 10am - 12 noon, Creekmoor Library

Saturday 3 June, 10.30 - 11.30am, Oakdale Library

Monday 5 June, 10am - 12 noon, Oakdale Library

Home Library Service: Monday 5 June, 11am - 1pm, Canford Heath Library

Homework Club: Monday 5 June, 3.30pm, Parkstone Library

Library volunteering: Tuesday 6 June, 10.30am - 12 noon, Branksome Library

Computer Buddy: Tuesday 6 June, 2pm, Parkstone Library

Knit & natter: Wednesday 7 June, 12.45pm, Parkstone Library

Reading Hack: Wednesday 7 June, 4.30-5.30pm, Poole Central Library


Livestream George Orwell's Nineteen Eight-Four

Tuesday 6 June, 9am onwards, Poole Central Library

Live from the Senate House, University of London, a start-to-finish reading of George Orwell's Nineteen Eight-Four by actors, writers and members of the public. This unique event offers the opportunity to hear Orwell's seminal work from the place that inspired the literary world's most fearsome building. Drop in through the day or stay and listen to it all. 


National Bookstart Week: Let's Explore Outdoors

5-10 June, all libraries

Explore the outside inside at all our library Bookstart Rhymetime sessions this week. Stories, rhymes, sensory tables and activities. Don't miss out - check below or at your library for rhymetime session times. No need to book.


Discover more about Brownsea Island 

Branksome Library: Friday 9 June, 10.30 - 11.30am  Book via Eventbrite

Join us for a slide show about the history of this magical island and some of the flora and fauna that can be seen. Suggested donation £2 per person.


Make a Noise in Libraries fortnight, 5-17 June

The annual campaign to bring blind and partially sighted people together with public libraries to improve access to books and information. Try reading with your ears and give audiobooks a go. Or see page 15-16 of our What's On brochure for details of our special events this fortnight.

Download an audio book: Monday 5 June, 10.30am - 12 noon, Branksome Library

Meet the guide dogs: Thursday 8 June, 2-4pm, Hamworthy Library 

Favourite audio books from Dorset Blind reading group: Friday 9 June, 10.30am-12.30pm, Poole Central Library

Audio book 101: Wednesday 14 June, 2.30-3.30pm, Oakdale Library

Seeds and teas: Wednesday 14 June, 3-4pm, Broadstone Library

Discover audio books: Friday 16 June, Parkstone Library


Meet the author: Simon Wills - The wreck of the SS London

Monday 12 June, 2pm, Poole Central Library

This luxury liner sank in 1866 with only 3 passengers surviving the disaster. A fascinating story with unexpected twists and turns, that open up the lost seafaring world of Victorian Britain. Simon Wills is a genealogist and advisor to the BBC's 'Who do you think you are?'. Book via Eventbrite


Poole signs, symbols and history

Tuesday 13 June, 10.30-11.30am, Canford Heath Library

Why is the town crest topped by scallop shells? What is the Broomhill Stone? a quirky history of Poole based on visual clues from local historian Jenny Oliver.  Book via Eventbrite


Hear our Voices

Thursday 15 June, 7pm, Poole Central Library

Service users and volunteers of local charities read their own poetry, short stories or prose pieces to get their voices heard. Book your reading slot on 01202 262449 or libraries@poole.gov.uk or just come and listen.


Livestream Michael Rosen: Why writing matters

Wednesday 21 June, 7-9pm, Poole Central Library

Live from the British Library, children's novelist, poet and performer Michael Rosen speaks about the power of writing, especially the need for creativity in the school curriculum to celebrate the first ever National Writing Day.  Book via Eventbrite


Coming soon....

Learning in Libraries fortnight, 19 June - 1 July

Star Wars extravaganza, Saturday 24 June

Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge: sign up from Saturday 15 July



If you are looking for family activities or activities for children, you should also check out the activities section of the Family Information Directory.


Regular events for adults

Ancestry Sessions 

Broadstone Library: 2nd Tuesday of month, 2pm to 4pm

Discover your unique personal history using Ancestry Library Edition and with the help of our family history volunteer. You will need to bring your own laptop or tablet to take part in the session. Booking essential.


Citizen's Advice

  • Poole Central Library: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Drop-in sessions, no booking required
  • Rossmore Library: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am to 12pm. Drop-in sessions, no booking required

For more information about Citizen's Advice visit their website.


Coffee mornings/days

Colouring for Adults

Join our free colouring-in groups and colour yourself calm. We will provide tea, pencils and some very intricate designs to get to work on, or feel free to bring your own and enjoy the company.     

Branksome Library: Tuesdays, 11am - 12pm 

Broadstone Library: Thursdays 2pm - 3pm 

Canford Cliffs Library: Wednesdays,  10.30am -12.30 pm 

Canford Heath Library: Thursdays, 10am - 12pm  

Creekmoor Library: Fridays, 2pm - 3pm

Hamworthy Library: Wednesdays, 2pm - 3pm

Oakdale Library: Mondays, 10.30am - 11.30am      

Parkstone Library: Fridays, 12.30pm - 2pm 

Poole Central Library: Tuesdays, 10am - 11am 

Rossmore Library: Mondays, 10.30am - 12pm


Councillor surgeries

Crosswords

Try out a crossword, easy or fiendish, it's your choice. Make new friends as you puzzle together.

Dominoes clubs

If you like to play dominoes, come to one of our clubs and find some worthy competitors.

Dorset Adult Aspergers Support

Rossmore Library, 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 11am to 1pm

Call in to ask for advice, meet others and share your stories, seek help and guidance.


Film Night

Friday Film Night is monthly aHamworthy Library and we have some great films lined up for you. It normally starts 7:00pm, doors open 6.30pm. Pay just £3.00 at the door. You can even bring your own refreshments. Tell your friends, but come prepared to make new ones! See the Hamworthy Film Night Facebook page for more information. 

Dates for 2017:

June 9, July 14, September 8, October 20 & 27 (for Purbeck Film Festival, 7.30pm), November 10, December 8.


Games Club for adults

Scrabble or chess, backgammon or tiddlywinks? Which is your game of choice? Bring a friend or meet new ones as you play games in the library.

Branksome Library: Fridays 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Canford Cliffs Library: Wednesdays 10:30am - 12:30pm

Canford Heath Library: 'Coffee & Games' Thursdays 10:00am - 12:00pm; 

                                        'Scrabble Club' Mondays 2:00pm - 4:00pm 

Creekmoor Library: 'Coffee & Games' Thursdays 10:30am - 12:00pm 

Hamworthy Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 12:30pm 

Parkstone Library: Tuesdays, 1:30pm - 2.30pm  

Poole Central Library: 'Coffee & Games' Fridays 10:00am - 11:00am 

Rossmore Library: Saturdays 12:00pm - 1:00pm 


Health and Fitness

  • 'Gentle Exercise Class' runs every Thursday at  Hamworthy Library  11.30am - 12.20pm
  • Pilates class at Hamworthy Library 5:30-6:30 every Tuesday

  • Yoga: Hamworthy Library every Wednesday 7.15 - 8.45pm.  £6 per session

  • Back Care Exercise Class at Hamworthy Library Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.30pm


Jobs Hubs

More details on our Jobs Hubs page. Please note that Jobs Hubs will be closed for staff training on from 13-17 February 2017.


Knit and Natter

Knit and chat together and make new friends. Can’t knit? Come and learn.


Money Advice

Rossmore Library: Benefits Advisor from Age UK, first Wednesday of the month 10am-1pm. Are you over 60? You may be entitled to benefits that you haven't claimed before. To book an appointment T: 01202 530530.


Neighbourhood Watch

Canford Cliffs Library: 1st Friday of the month 10:30am

Parkstone Library: last Friday of the month 11:00am to 12:00pm


Poetry Reading Group

Poole Central Library: 2nd Saturday of the month 10:00 to 11:30am

Please pick up your copies from Poole Central Library


Police surgeries

Canford Cliffs Library: first Friday of the month 10:30am to 12:00pm

Canford Heath Library: Please phone the library for the next surgery date.

Creekmoor Library: first Monday of the month 5:00 to 6:00pm

Hamworthy Library: first Saturday of the month 10:00 to 11:00am

Oakdale Library: first Friday of the month, 2:30 to 3:30pm 

Parkstone Library: last Friday in the month 10:00am to 12:00pm

For more details go to the Dorset Police website.


Reading Groups

Broadstone Library: The Untitled Reading Group meets third Wednesday each month 2pm to 3pm

Canford Cliffs Library: third Wednesday of the month, 2:30pm to 3:30pm - contact the library for details of the next meeting

Canford Heath Library: The Canford Heath Reading Group meets on the last Thursday of each month at 2:00pm - contact the library for details of the next meeting

Creekmoor Library: Creekmoor Library Reading Group meets first Monday in the month at 2:00pm contact the library for details of the next meeting    

Creekmoor Library: Bookends Reading Group meets on the 1st Friday of the month at 10:30am. Please contact Ms C Wright on 01202 601948 for details of the next meeting

Creekmoor Library: Bookmark Reading Group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month 10:30am to12:00pm

Hamworthy Library:The Ladies' No. 1 Reading Group meets on the first Wednesday of each month 2:00 to 4:00pm

Hamworthy Library: The Hamworthy Reading Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month 10:30am to 12:00pm

Oakdale Library: Last Friday of the month 2:30 to 3:30pm

Parkstone Library: Monday Readers meet on the last Monday of the month (from 30th January 2017)

Parkstone Library: Wednesday Page Turners meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11am. 

Parkstone Library: Ashley Cross Reading Group meets on the 2nd Friday of each month at 11am

Poole Central Library: Monday Reading Group - meets the third Monday every month 2:30pm

Poole Central Library Reading Group - meets on a Wednesday every four weeks 2.30pm

Poole Central Library: Heard any good books lately?  Our reading group for blind and visually impaired people meets on the second Friday of the month at 10:30am to 12:30pm in Poole Central Library. Audio books supplied. For more information contact Janet on 01202 262452 or Dave on 01202 712869. In association with Dorset Blind Association.


Weekly shared reading groups

Relax and listen to short stories, poems and novels read aloud.  Have a chat about what we read together, and enjoy good company, good conversation and tea and biscuits!

Broadstone Library: Broadstone Stepping Stones reading group. For older people and people with memory problems. Every Monday, 11am - 12noon.

Broadstone Library: Make friends with a book. Every Thursday, 10.45am - 12pm.

Creekmoor Library: Make friends with a book. Every Wednesday, 2-3pm.

Oakdale Library: Make friends with a book. Every Monday 2:30 - 3.30pm.

Poole Library: Feel better with a book.  Every Tuesday, 2:00 – 3.00pm.

Rossmore Library: Natter chatter. Every Thursday morning 11.00am - 1pm - come along and enjoy a cup of coffee!

Would you like to help run one of these groups? We are always looking for volunteers to make the tea, help read the stories, and chat with others in the group. Phone Janet on 01202 262452 or email j.westcott@poole.gov.uk.


Sewing Bee

Bring your sewing and have a chat and a cuppa with us.

Creekmoor Library: Fridays 2-4pm



Regular events for children


Bookstart Rhymetime (for babies and toddlers)

Branksome Library        Mondays 2:15 to 2:45pm
                                         Wednesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Broadstone Library       Tuesdays 10:45 to 11:15am

Canford Cliffs Library   Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm

Canford Heath Library   Mondays 10:30 to 11:00am 
                                         Fridays 2:15 to 2:45pm 

Creekmoor Library        Mondays 10:30 to 11:00am 

                                        Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:30am (Stories, Rhythm & Rhyme)

Hamworthy Library        Thursdays 10:30am to 11:00am

Oakdale Library
             Wednesdays 10:15 to 10:45am

Parkstone Library          Mondays 11:00 to 11:30am (babies/toddlers) 

                                         Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm (under 5s)

Poole Central Library     Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:00am
                                         Thursdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Rossmore Library          Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:00am
                                         Fridays 11:00 to 11:30am


Baby Weigh sessions

Hamworthy Library: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 1:30pm to 2:30pm.
Bring any baby under one year old - no need to book just come along.


Storytimes

Most appropriate for ages 2-5. No need to book just come along

Branksome Library       Fridays 10:30 to 11:00am

Broadstone Library      Thursdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Canford Cliffs Library   Mondays 2:00 to 2:30pm

Canford Heath Library  Tuesdays 2:15 to 2:45pm

Creekmoor Library        Mondays 2:00 to 2:30pm

Hamworthy Library       Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Oakdale Library             Mondays 10:30 to 11:00am

Parkstone Library         Tuesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Poole Central Library    Wednesdays 11:00 to 11:30am

Rossmore Library          Thursdays 10:30 to 11:00am


Polish Storytimes

2nd and 4th Thursday of every month 5.00 to 5.45, Poole Library.

Storytime for over 5's in Polish and English. Everyone welcome.
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.


Multilingual Russian Storytime

1st Saturday of every month 1:00 to 2:00, Rossmore Library.

Join us for Storytime in Russian and English. Learn some Russian words and find out more about Russian culture. Everyone welcome. No booking required.


Chatterbooks Reading Groups

Monthly reading group for children to read, review and have fun with books. Please contact the library to book your place.

Canford Heath Library: 3rd Friday of the month, 4-5pm

Oakdale Library: last Friday of the month, 4-4.45pm

Poole Central Library: 4th Monday of the month, 4.30-5.30pm


Children's Craft Activities

Oakdale Library: Saturdays 10:30am to 11:30am. Each activity has a seasonal theme. For ages 5-10. We supply all materials. This activity does not take place every week and places are limited, so ring 01202 262449 to avoid disappointment.

Poole Central Library: Every Saturday 11:00am to 12:00pm. For ages 4-11. No need to book - just come along.

Creekmoor Library: Drop in anytime on Tuesdays 11.00am-4.00pm.  No need to book.

Canford Heath Library: Every Saturday, 10.30am - 12.30pm. For under 10s, No need to book, just drop in.

Parkstone Library: Every Saturday 10:30am - 12:00pm. No need to book.


Games Club for Children

Branksome Library: Saturdays 11:00am - 12:00pm.
                                   'Lego Club' 10:00am - 11:00am.

Broadstone Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 11:30am 
                                   'Lego Club' 11:30am - 12:30pm.

Canford Cliffs Library: Saturdays 11:00am - 12:00pm.

Canford Heath Library: Tuesdays 3:30pm - 4:30pm.
                                        'Lego Club' Saturdays 10.30am -12.30pm.

Creekmoor Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 11.30am.

Hamworthy Library: Tuesdays 3:00pm - 4:00pm.
                                   'Children's Lego Club' Thursdays 3:00pm - 4:00pm.

Oakdale Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 12:00pm.

Parkstone Library: Saturdays 10:30am - 12:00pm

Poole Central Library: Mondays 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

Rossmore Library: Saturdays 11:00am - 12:00pm. 
                                 Drawing & Colouring for Children & Families every Tuesday and                                        Thursday 3.30-5pm.


Lego clubs

Branksome Library: Saturdays 10 - 11am

Broadstone Library: Saturdays 11.30am - 12.30pm

Canford Heath Library: Saturdays 10.30am - 12.30pm

Creekmoor Library: Saturdays 10.30am - 12pm

Hamworthy Library: Thursdays 3-4pm

Oakdale Library: Saturdays 10.30am - 12pm

Poole Central Library: Tuesdays, 4 - 5pm

Rossmore Library: Saturdays 11am - 12pm

 

Homework Clubs

Branksome Library: Monday and Friday 3:45 - 4:45pm

Broadstone Library: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:00 - 4:30pm

Canford Cliffs Library: Monday 4:30 - 5:30pm

Canford Heath Library: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 3:00 - 4:30pm

Creekmoor Library: Monday 4.30 - 5:30pm

Hamworthy Library: Monday to Friday 3:00 - 4:30pm and Saturdays 10.30am to 12.30pm

Oakdale Library: Monday 3:30 - 4:30pm

Parkstone Library: Mondays 3:30 - 4:30pm

Poole Central Library: Monday to Friday 3:30 - 5:00pm

Rossmore Library: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 3:00 - 4:30pm


The Mix: support group for parents and children with Autism, behavioural and developmental problems

Rossmore Library, 2nd Monday of the month, 10am to 12pm


Toy Library

Creekmoor Children's Centre Toy Library runs during normal library opening hours. Borrowers must register with the Children's Centre and the Library. Membership is free.

For more information contact Creekmoor Library on 01202 659289.

If you are looking for family activities or activities for children, you should also check out the activities section of the Family Information Directory.



Arts Award - Poole Libraries are Arts Award Supporters

Arts Award is a nationally recognised qualification that aims to help young peopled aged 7-25 to explore their creative skills and to develop as artists and arts leaders. 

All Poole Libraries are Arts Award Supporters.  We offer activities such as author / illustrator events, arts and cultural activities, the Summer Reading Challenge and we have lots of volunteering opportunities.  You can count attendance or volunteering at any of our events for children and teens as part of your Arts Award. To find out more about Arts Award please visit the Arts Award website.

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